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Did your Parents Ever Forget about You? Repay the Favor with Knowledge

Posted on December 26th, 2017 by Oddo & Babat, P.C.

Many of us lead busy lives and may not check in our elderly parents as often as we should. We may be so overwhelmed with work and home responsibilities that we forget that our parents may need help. However, no matter how healthy your parent may seem, aging can takes its toll. It’s important for all of us to check in our parents from time to time.

All it takes is calling your parents or visiting them once a week. It takes just a little time out of your day and can give you a peace of mind that they are okay.

It may be in your best interest to speak to an estate planning attorney such as the estate planning attorney Scottsdale AZ locals trust about pre-planning documents such as Durable Power of Attorney’s, Medical Power of Attorneys or Declaration of Guardians.

Make the effort to learn more about managing health conditions in elderly people, like dementia or Alzheimer’s. Signs of these diseases include the inability to recognize oneself or family, difficulty communicating, groaning, moaning or grunting. Once your parents can’t do basic tasks by themselves, like taking showers or going to the bathroom, it is time to step in. If you make them realize that they require help now, they may be more likely to ask for it.

When our elderly parents have memory loss or get confused easily, it may be time to choose a power of attorney. However, if you do not have these documents together when your parents are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or Dementia, you will have to seek Guardianship over your parents through the Courts.

Fortunately, you can help your parents with their needs without getting the courts involved. It may be a good idea to talk to a lawyer about your parents’ needs so that he or she can point you in the right direction. Your parents took good care of you when you were a child, so now it is your turn to take care of them.

If you visit your parents often and are willing to have these difficult conversations with them, you can avoid getting the court involved later. Talking about certain topics may be uncomfortable at first, but they are necessary. It’s important to look out for your parents’ best interests. If you have any more questions about this, set up a meeting with a qualified attorney.

 

Thanks to authors at Hildebrand Law for their insight into Estate Planning.

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